Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1992. Live Entertainment, Dog Eat Dog Productions Inc.. Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula. Produced by Lawrence Bender. Production Design by David Wasco. Costume Design by Betsy Heimann. Film Editing by Sally Menke.
Quentin Tarantino turned heads with this outrageous directorial debut, one of the most shockingly violent films to be made in the independent film scene. A group of criminals are recruited to rob a jewelry store, but things go wrong and the cops get wise to their game. While one member of the team (Tim Roth) lies dying of a gunshot wound, his fellow robber (Harvey Keitel) tries to keep him safe until he can figure out what to do for him. Meanwhile, psychotic band member Michael Madsen does some pretty nasty things to a cop and Steve Buscemi does his best to just survive. Told in a fractured narrative, with events happening out of sequence, this film pieces together the puzzle of a mystery using terrific dialogue, disturbing imagery and Tarantino’s already skillful direction. The acting is terrific, but it’s nice to see that Tarantino’s palette of imagination grew so much wider with his second feature Pulp Fiction.